So… What is a Christians Purpose? | Part 3
We have gone through John 1:1-8 and saw how John the apostle set the foundation for his book by ensuring that we have a right view of God, but also a right view of self. With those two things in place I feel as if we can answer the questions what is our purpose, and also be fully equipped to carry it out.
As a reformed theologian I would instantly answer “What is our purpose” with “well… it is to glorify God.” That answer is totally 100% correct, however it is not sufficient, because having a purpose, means that we have a calling put on us, and “glorifying God” unfortunately is to broad of an answer, that honestly gives us no clear direction on what to do or where to go. I also want to clarify that “Glorifying God” is not what God “needs” from us, in fact he was totally content before he created us, and he needs us for absolutely nothing. It is not as if we are adding glory on to what he has already, or because he is lacking in some area. I want to be perfectly clear on this, this is essential.
GOD DOES NEED US TO GLORIFY HIM, HE GLORIFIES HIMSELF THROUGH HIMSELF.
In fact in Scripture there is no clear mandate from God to us, commanding us to “Glorify” God, every-time we see, God or Jesus being glorified, it is because of God or Jesus, lets look at an example,
Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him; if God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and will glorify Him immediately.
It is clear that God glorifies Jesus, we cannot and do not. Now let me clarify a little bit here, we are called to exalt Jesus in each of our lives, that calling is littered all throughout the psalms, proverbs, and entire NT.
Christ being exalted in our lives, is not a Christians purpose, it is the BY PRODUCT of being transformed Christ Jesus.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Look at the passage above, we must have gone through the transformation of the mind, to THEN test and approve what Gods will is. I cannot hammer this home enough, many people just stop at exalting Jesus through going to church, or following the rules, or singing songs of adoration Sunday mornings, but THAT IS NOT THE END, IT IS NOT WHERE WE STOP.
With Jesus having transformed our lives, we then are able to have a right view of God and a right view of self, we then know what our purpose is. If God gives us a command, we must obey, and if we have a right view of self we will understand the eternality of each individual soul, and to what depths that each soul desperately needs to be brought from death to life by the power of Jesus…
And that is our purpose, to be faithful bearers of the goodness, seeing God bring dead souls to life through our obedience to God. We are commanded most notably in Matthew 28, in a passage called “The Great Commission” a recent Barna study says that 51% of professing Christians do not know what the great commission is… and when the Great Commission sums up a Christians purpose that means that 51% of Christians are unaware of what our job is while we are hear on earth.
Look at Pauls life, planting churches, preaching the gospel, and seeing people be brought from death to life. I am not saying go out now and be a cross cultural missionary, but what I am saying is live a life that is driven by Jesus, and that will in turn create in you a Great Commission heart. Stop asking God where you should go, and start asking God why you should stay.
Christ being exalted in our lives, is not a Christians purpose, it is the BY PRODUCT of being transformed Christ Jesus, and it points us to our ultimate purpose while we are here on earth, and that is to proclaim the Gospel to every soul we encounter.